So over the long weekend the CFL revealed the holy grail for many CFL fans. The CFL would appear in the Madden video game series. If your wondering if there’s a catch of course theres a catch. It’s Madden Mobile which is a smart phone/tablet game that is free to play. Thing is it’s not exactly the deepest of games, lots of merely tapping, and your team is composed of all sorts of players. So if you pick the Seahawks hey that’s fine but you probably won’t have one actual Seahawk player on the team. It’s random. So is getting players.
See in the game players a drawn random from a “card pack”. You have no control over who it is and the only way to get the pack is to buy it with in game money that you either spent a week earning or and this is the part they want, is to spend actual money on the chance to have a player you really like. So even though Darian Durant is in the game he’s not necessarily a sure thing.
So what does it mean for the CFL in the long run? Not a whole lot really. While the announcement is huge in terms of the leagues exposure, not a whole lot goes into the game itself. So even though players are represented by photo and team there’s no bio or anything to help people along. There was also no real effort to promote the addition by EA. Yes they tweeted but they didn’t make the icon of the game itself different to draw attention to it. On top of that with the way the game works, which is a ratings based system, the CFLers are going to be automatically out classed by the rest. So very few people will care about using them.
Okay now that I’ve rained on the parade enough I will say it’s a positive move for the CFL. Will this make the needle move for a fully fledged CFL game on the level of Madden? Maybe. It’s got to have budged a little just a tiny bit. If anything it’s possible we’d get a CFL spin off of Madden Mobile, it’d be easier to make than a full Triple AAA console game. In the end though it’s a step even if it’s a minor one.
You can get Madden Mobile on any Android or IOS device.